“As soon as men know the nearest, cheapest and best way to improve their lot, either morally, intellectually, or financially, they will accept it with thankfulness if they have the opportunity and the power.”
I am A Man of Letters. I’ve been reading lately, and I have found some words I would like to share. Today, selections from “The Gospel According to Malfew Seklew” by Malfew Seklew. Seklew was born in the 1860s and died in the 1930s. He was an orator and an author. “The Gospel According to Malfew Seklew” was first published in 1927.
For ages man has been chasing rainbows and following false gods, without any good results.
Prophets, Messiahs and Redeemers have had their day and gone their way, leaving little behind to benefit mankind: Jesus, St. Paul, Buddha, Brahma, Confucius, Mohammet – all have been tried and found wanting in driving sin, suffering, poverty, and ignorance from the world.
Man has been worshiping gods afar, unaware of the fact that the great God of humanity is contained within himself. When man has found this God he can emancipate himself from all that he considers evil. The Kingdom of Heaven is within you: Seek first the Kingdom of Knowledge and Wisdom, and all things shall be added unto you, even the peace that passeth all misunderstanding.
Man can be his own god when he has found himself out, from within. Man can make his own heaven and his own hell after he has been born again and has become an Enlightened Egoist, or Ego Conscious organism.
Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest this impression of the march of men from Nebulosity to Knowledge; from an Ego in the Crude to a Superman in the Nude; and Victory is yours, crowned with Self Consciousness. […]
The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his inner self. To attain this knowledge one must study the philosophy of Scientific Egoism, which examines and explains the motives, emotions, passions, prejudices and desires of the Ego; with the result that we find that all these dynamic forces are regulated by the Magic Power of Selfishness, for Selfishness is the Eternal Energy seeking expression through mankind, thus enabling man to find himself out, from within.
Selfishness is essential, absolute, changeless, and everlasting.
Selfishness is the Infinite Force that controls all life, especially human life. Selfishness is responsible for all the evil in the world, as well as for all the good. Man catering to his passions brings on pain; man catering to his desires brings on disease; man catering to his ignorance brings on poverty, and sins against himself. This is man unconscious of his own Ego, of his own necessities, of his real needs, and of his own powers. Ego Conscious Man, aware of his possibilities, realizes that the same force that brought misery and pain will, when understood, bring pleasure and power – to one and all.
All Life is selfish; all Reform is selfish; all Politics is selfish; all War is selfish; all Business is selfish; all Thought is selfish; all Action is selfish; All is selfish, and selfishness is rampant with and without reason throughout the world. Selfishness is necessary to preserve one’s self;
Vanity is necessary to assert one’s self;
And hate is necessary to protect one’s self from one’s enemies.
Even Mother love is a very selfish love. Biologically and instinctively a mother does her best for her offspring; but psychologically she is the unconscious enemy of her child. She transfers all her delusions, prejudices, and superstitions to her children, if she is ignorant and uneducated. Just as readily does she transfer her wisdom, tolerance, and kindliness when she is progressive and cultured. In both cases she does it to satisfy herself. The results, however, are different. […]
Why does evil exist in the world? Because everyone is born ignorant, and very few of mankind escape from this curse until they are old enough to die. Before the Enlightened Ego can transfer his wisdom to his fellowmen in sufficient numbers to dominate the prevailing ignorance, a new generation of ignorant Egos comes upon the scene to swamp the effort of the reformers and to perpetuate the conditions where ignorance is ever in the ascendant.
All so-called acts of self-denial are really attempts to attain self-realization. To live up to one’s own standard of morality, or code of honor, is the aim of the Ego; regardless of the fact that such action is founded on a selfish basis. His motive is self-approval.
Egoism is sanity. Egoism is not merely an idea; it is as fact, the force of a man untrammeled by superstition. It may be more or less generous or ungenerous; thus it may be called selfish or unselfish in common speech. He may be more or less impulsive, more or less deliberate and reflecting. He may so feel and act as to be called very dutiful; but the Egoist relation to all objects is conditioned quite differently from that of the mentally unfree man. If he cares for others it is not because he is taught that it is his “duty” – a teaching that would make restraint out of an attraction; but it is because he is built that way, and this he knows.
Selfishness governs, alike, the good and the bad individual; the wise and the wicked Ego. The good Ego may do a kind act to another; the bad individual may do an unkind act to his brother. Both work from the same motive, self-gratification, with different results. The first is noble, because it is founded on wisdom; the second is ignoble, because it is founded on ignorance. The first is the source of all good; the second the source of all evil.
The first brings concord; the second stirs up discord. The first is the conduct of an enlightened Egoist; the second is the action of an ignorant Egotist. Ignorance is the great Sin; Wisdom is the only salvation from sin and evil. The secret of salvation revealed for one and all. Choose for yourself. […]
Conscience, the humanities, and religious emotions, all are enemies of mankind unless resting on a foundation of egoistic consciousness. Christian ethics, moral or altruistic behavior, to be of any permanent value must be rooted in Egoistic wisdom. The reason that Christian morality has no lasting value is because it is founded on the false assumption that man is, Naturally, a moral, a social, and a religious animal. The fact is, man becomes moral and social from selfish reasons. Experience teaches man that enlightened Egoism is the force for good in this world of false formulas and stale shibboleths.
Did you ever hear a man say: “There are no strings on me” – and yet we know there are strings on all of us. Strings of fear, strings of self-interest, strings of envy, strings of false pride, strings of vanity: All these strings move people and together they pull people to what they call their fate.
As soon as men know the nearest, cheapest and best way to improve their lot, either morally, intellectually, or financially, they will accept it with thankfulness if they have the opportunity and the power.
All we need to abolish crime, misery, poverty, and ignorance is to purify our prejudices by learning how to socialize our selfishness. To be truly happy each Ego must have a chance to develop his own individuality, which is only another way of saying each one must have the power to be selfish with his or her own peculiar way. […]
Is man a social animal? No! Because if he were, there would be no lynching. No jails or penitentiaries.
Man is not a political animal, or men and women would have had the ballot as soon as government began.
Man is not a religious animal, or there would never have been massacres, inquisitions, martyrs, religious wars, crusades, Peter-the-Hermits, and Mohammet, who enforced his religion by the sword.
Man is not a moral animal or there would be no humbugs, swindlers or murderers. Man becomes moral through sheer self-interest and because it pays.
Education along egoistic lines will make mankind moral, social, and really sane.
Altruism, Christianity, Socialism, Communism, Bolshevism, Brotherhood of Man, with Equality, Fraternity, Liberty, are all impossible until man has learned how to socialize his selfishness, which means that he finds pleasure in giving away the surplus value of his ego.
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Ambrose and His Orchestra – We’re Tops On Saturday Night (Decca 1233 1936).